W.I.S.H. 2013 Runners Award winners


W.I.S.H.’s Runners Award is given to 5 poets who through are responsible for a poem that stood out among the submission pile, their work screaming a note higher than other poets.  Ben John Smith, Kieran Collier, Dianna Dragonetti, Douglas Richardson, and Paul Harrison were presented the 2013 Runners Award for excellent poems that cracked the skull of honesty.

We’re currently seeking a judge for 2014’s contest.  If you’re interested, read the application guidelines before contacting us.

You can read Ben John Smith’s (of Horror, Sleaze, Trash) poem The Six Year Old Poet below, and the rest of the winner’s amazing work at the 2013 Runners Awards page.


The Six Year Old Poet
by Ben John Smith 

My wife

tells her school

we will be
going on a Honeymoon
next year.

One child asks;

“What’s a honeymoon?”

Another slaps
his arm,

He makes wild eyes



“you idiot!

It’s when you
Eat honey under the moon”

These kids

know much more

about the
importance of

i can ever hope


Published by

Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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